First let me tell you my history. 7 years ago I had a discetomy at l5-s1. Recovered 100%. 2 years ago fell out of my attic and fractures at l4 and l5. Last August, my back started hurting again so I went to see my docotor. I presented with low back pain and numbness in legs. Did physical therapy, medications with no relief. Did mri which showed two heriniationsl4-l5 and l5-s1. In dec, involved in auto accident and new mri showed both herniations had worsened and one was touching s1 nerve root. Also, in the report it was noted that i had at least moderate stenosis and also epidural liptmosis. I did two rounds epidural steroid injections that worked for a couple months then the numbness started in both legs. While on vacation in August I was rolling an icechest down a hallway and my back started hurting so bad I left the icechest behind. I could not move for two days. Since then things have gotten worse. Now getting shooting pains down to both feet. Big tow on both feet have sharp pains. The pain in my legs gets to be a real bad burning at times. Have sharp stabing pains in my back. It was really hard to get through a day of work. My doctor sent me for another esi and it did no good. He no longer does surgery so he refered me to another othopedic surgeon. Went to see him and he sent me to do an emg and said my leg pains could be caused by neuropathy. I did the test and the report show that there is denervation at both level and stated there is no signs of neuropathy. The doctor then said our option would be surgery but did not want to do this because of my age and that it could make things worse. He said that I would need to be two fused levels and that I would never work again. He said because of my history and my weight the chance of full recovery would not be good. I am at about 350lbs and just turned 40 years. He suggested that i get another opinion. This will actually be a third opinion because my original doctor told me I would need a fusion. I went to see a neurosurgeon. He told me that I have ddd and that I am not a candidate for surgery. I asked him what could be done, and he said take stronger pain medication. This is something I am going to have to live with. I am no longer working because I can not deal with the pain. I do not know what to do now. Do I apply for disability? Do I seek out another opinion? I cant accept that I now have to live with this.